The Poetics of Empowerment in David Mitchell's Novels (Routledge Studies in Contemporary Literature) (Hardcover)

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The Poetics of Empowerment in David Mitchell's Novels (Routledge Studies in Contemporary Literature) (Hardcover)

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The Poetics of Empowerment in David Mitchell's Novels combines the investigation of David Mitchell's novels with the introduction of a new critical concept to literary studies: empowerment. Aiming to situate and establish empowerment firmly within the context of literary studies, it offers the first framework and definition for reading fictional texts with the lens of empowerment and applies it in the analysis of discourse, the fictional characters, and the role of the reader in Mitchell's novels. Drawing on narratological analysis, cognitive approaches to literature, and reader-response theory, it features close readings of Cloud Atlas (2004), Black Swan Green (2006), and The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet (2010) and dissects the author's strategies, poetics, and agenda of empowering fiction. This book argues for an inherent, indissoluble connection between empowerment and the telling of stories and demonstrates how literary studies can benefit from a serious engagement with empowerment-and how such an engagement can stimulate new responses to fiction and put literary studies in conversation with other disciplines.

Eva-Maria Windberger is a postdoctoral researcher in the field of British literature and culture at the University of Trier. In 2020, she completed a Ph.D. thesis exploring strategies and functions of empowerment in the novels of David Mitchell. She is co-editor (with Ralf Hertel) of the volume Empowering Contemporary Fiction: The Impact of Empowerment in Literary Studies (2021). Her current research project focuses on the performativity of East Asian identities on the British stage.
Product Details ISBN: 9781032308586
ISBN-10: 1032308583
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: July 17th, 2023
Pages: 272
Language: English
Series: Routledge Studies in Contemporary Literature